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Jewell's SIFE team is regional champ
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
April 16, 2007


The William Jewell College SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) team has been named a SIFE USA Regional Champion following their participation in the SIFE USA Regional Competition held March 30 in Rogers, Ark. The event was one of 17 SIFE USA Regional Competitions being held across the United States in March and April.

The team presented a report of their year-long community outreach projects to a panel of business leaders at the regional competition. Jewell’s SIFE team will now advance to the national level of SIFE competition at the SIFE USA National Exposition scheduled for May 6-8 in Dallas, Texas.

“This SIFE team is poised for more good things to come,” said Deborah Scarfino, Sam Walton Fellow and Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Department of Business and Leadership at William Jewell. “We are a three-year-old team and are excited about being invited to the national competition event for the second time. We see the measurable outcomes of our work in the communities we serve long before the judges get to formally assess us at competition. That is what makes this program so worthwhile.”

SIFE is an international non-profit organization active on more than 1,400 university campuses in 48 countries. SIFE teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that focuses on market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills and business ethics.

“Our ‘Cash Cow Financial Project’ was a great success,” said project manager Steven Ritter. “Through four educational lessons on the basics of finance, we were able to provide 3rd- and 4th-graders at St. James School in Liberty the knowledge and means to manage their own money responsibly. The students completing the course were able to open up their own $20 savings account provided by project partner M&I Bank. Students even donated part of their money to Heifer International, a charity providing farm animals to villages that are in need.”

During the 2006-07 academic year, the Jewell SIFE team organized nearly 40 projects in the Kansas City metro community and across national boundaries. Seventy-seven William Jewell students are active members of the 2007 team. They work with a Business Advisory Board of 21 members from the business and campus community. For more information, visit the organization’s web site at www.sife.org


 
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